HOMESTEAD, Fla. – On the heels of another top-20 finish last weekend at ISM Raceway, Niece Motorsports driver Austin Wayne Self (@AustinWSelf) heads to Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway, site of Friday night’s Ford EcoBoost 200, hopeful to earn his second top-10 finish of the season.
Noted as one of the most consistent drivers in the second-half of the Truck Series season, Self, driver of the No. 22 GO TEXAN | AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet Silverado, is determined to better his season-high ninth-place in this year’s season-finale.
“2018 went by pretty fast,” said Self. “It’s been a really fun season driving these Chevrolet Silverado’s for Niece Motorsports and while our finishes didn’t always showcase our actual performance, I know as a team we grew so much from the start of the season to Homestead this weekend.
“Especially during the summer stretch and into the fall, our trucks were pretty good, and we had a lot of solid, consistent finishes. We were able to get a top-10 finish at Las Vegas in September and really felt like we could have had a top-five at Talladega – if not for being caught up in a last lap crash.
“But, that’s all behind us and the only thing that matters is Homestead this weekend and I’m focused on going and getting the job done.”
The Austin, Texas native has two prior starts at the 1.5-mile speedway. After finishing 25th in his track debut in 2016, Self picked up the pace considerably last November and earned a respectable 17th-place finish driving for Martins Motorsports.
On Friday night, Self thinks he can deliver his second top-10 run of the season.
“Homestead is a blast,” added Self. “It’s a fast race track with plenty of room to race. It’s also one of those tracks that is really temperature sensitive. We’ll practice and qualify during the day, but run at night, so we have to make sure we’re doing our part to keep our No. 22 GO TEXAN | AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet Silverado adjusted accordingly.
“It’s a fast-paced race. Restarts will be pretty important and exciting at the same time. I just need to be smooth on the wheel and rely on my team for good pit stops and hope when push comes to shove, we’re competing for a top-10 when the checkered flag waves.”
After 22 races, Self sits 12th in the series’ standings. He carries an average finish of 16.7 entering Homestead.
Like last year, the Texas Department of Agriculture’s GO TEXAN program and AM Technical Solutions will also support Self in his 63rd career start.
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In 62 NCWTS races, the 2015 ARCA Racing Series Rookie of the Year has one top-five (second at Daytona 2017) and four top-10 finishes. The Texan maintains an average finish of 18.1 during his three years of competition.
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The Ford EcoBoost 200 (134 laps | 201 miles) is the 23rd of 23 races on the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck schedule. Practice begins on Fri., Nov. 16 from 8:35 a.m. – 9:25 a.m., while final practice is set for 10:05 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. Qualifying is set for later in the day beginning at 3:45 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 8:00 p.m. with live coverage on FS1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Eastern).